CONS.CP.1808/4
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Reference:CONS.CP.1808/4
Repository:Borthwick Institute GB 193


Court:Consistory
Case:Defamation (Sexual Slander)
Details:9 Pieces; Has deposition; Has libel; Has sentence
Outcome:Plaintiff Wins
Date: 1808 — 22/11/1810


People & Places
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Participant:Charlotte   Bell [Bell]
Alternate name:Charlotte   Dufton [Dufton]
Role:plaintiff
Details:female; Wife of John Dufton, previously a Widow
Employment:Brickmaker



Participant:John   Crosby [Crosby]
Role:defendant
Details:male
Employment:Dealer in cattle
Location:Leeds (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Wortley (Wortley) : undefined



Participant:John   Forster [Foster]
Role:witness
Details:male; 54
Employment:Brickmaker
Location:Leeds (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Armley (Armley) : undefined



Participant:William   Watkinson [Watkinson]
Role:witness
Details:male; 30; Husbandman
Employment:Husbandman
Location:Leeds (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Armley (Armley) : undefined



Participant:John   Man [Mann]
Role:witness
Details:male; 29
Employment:Labourer
Location:Leeds (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Holbeck  (Holbeck) : undefined



Participant:Margaret   Wilkinson [Wilkinson]
Role:witness
Details:female; 45; Wife of Samuel Wilkinson, Clothier
Location:Leeds (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Wortley (Wortley) : undefined



Participant:Thomas   Walker [Walker]
Role:witness
Details:male; 26
Employment:Stonemason
Location:Leeds (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Armley (Armley) : undefined



Participant:Robert   Bradley [Bradley]
Role:witness
Details:male; 45
Employment:Cloth Miller
Location:Leeds (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Armley (Armley) : undefined



Associated Places
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Location:Leeds (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Armley (Armley) : undefined
Location:High Road (High Road) : street name
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Abstract

Dufton (formerly Bell) alleged that Crosby defamed her at a public house in Armley. She brought in two witnesses to prove this. They stated that the incident occurred when Crosby commented to them that an acquaintance of theirs was going to marry her (Dufton, then Bell), which he was sorry for, as she was a whore. Crosby denied this, alleging in a counter-libel that Dufton was a quarrelsome and often intoxicated woman who frequently abused him, but that he did not use the words attributed to him. Crosby brought witnesses who stated that he had not called Dufton a whore, although one witness did attest that Crosby had stated that she had ‘had improper connection with a dog’. The court found for Dufton.

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